Connect Transit to reduce service due to driver shortage

PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) – The Bloomington-Normal transit system is temporarily curtailing service starting next week due to a shortage of qualified bus drivers.

Connect Transit announced Thursday that its Blue, Purple, Aqua, Orange and Silver bus lines will run hourly during rush hour instead of every half hour. The yellow route will run every half hour during rush hour instead of every half hour.

Weekday trips will continue to operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and there will be no change to Saturday and Sunday service.

In a press release, Connect Transit said reducing the frequency of bus service provides greater stability in service schedules rather than missing trips.

“We take any service change seriously and understand that changes to our service impact our passengers, employers and the community,” Connect Transit chief executive David Braun said in a prepared statement.

“We hope that passengers understand the need for these changes and that we will do our best to restore service levels as soon as (we) are able to do so in a safe and reliable manner,” Braun also said.

Further information is available on the Connect Transit website.

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